Archives for December 2018

Churches worth driving to

St. Peter Chaldean, El Cajon

Name of Church St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral Address 1627 Jamacha Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 Phone number (619) 579-7913 Website www.stpeterchaldean.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 p.m. (English). Sunday, 8 a.m. (Arabic), 10 a.m. (English), noon (Chaldean/Aramaic), 4 p.m. (English). (View Masses on their Facebook page, … [Read more...]

Thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe at annual tribute and Mass in Los Angeles

Faithful can see relic of the original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

The pews were packed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels last night, in a celebration that stretched through the wee hours of morning, to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.  “On this beautiful night, we thank God for sending his gift of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our mother,” said Archbishop Gomez. “She painted this picture of herself on the tilma because she wanted us to see her … [Read more...]

Renovations complete at House of Prayer for Priests in Orange diocese

After 30 years, House of Prayer gets major makeover: roof replaced, fresh paint, new air conditioning, each of 8 rooms gets new water heater, toilet, shower, beds

The House of Prayer in the Diocese of Orange is the only structure built specifically as a home for priests. Designed in a simple Southwestern style and surrounded by trees and California native plants, it has provided overnight space for solitary, reflection and one-on-one counseling; a community room for social interaction, including support groups; a Mass Chapel; and a … [Read more...]

New forms of persecution

In Mexico, 26 priests have been murdered in the last six years -- most for interfering with organized crime and drug trafficking

With 26 priests murdered in the last six years, Mexico received a prominent mention in the 2018 Report on Religious Freedom in the World, recently published by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Julieta Appendini, ACN's director in Mexico, explained that although the country is not experiencing “a persecution such as in the Middle East,” where religious … [Read more...]

Court blocks Trump Administration birth control coverage rules

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals won't permit employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control:

A U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. States were likely to succeed on their claim that the changes to President Barack Obama’s health care law were made without required notice and public comment, a divided, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of … [Read more...]

First of its kind for Diocese of Orange

Strategic Plan two years in the making published by diocese

The  Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, led by the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has published the first-ever Diocesan Strategic Plan in support of the mission, vision and priorities of the Diocese of Orange.   The Diocesan Strategic Plan, developed in collaboration with stakeholders across the Diocese, focuses on 6 key areas: Evangelization and faith formation, … [Read more...]

San Francisco creates world’s first-ever transgender cultural district

Area gets more than $200,000 after city approves $3 million to create cultural districts

San Francisco city officials have invested $215,000 into the world's first recognized transgender cultural district situated in the Tenderloin neighborhood, The Daily Beast reported. In November, city officials passed a measure that would appropriate $3 million for cultural districts. The Compton district received its share of more than $200,000 as part of that … [Read more...]

2 late-term abortion patients suffer potentially fatal complications at Beverly Hills abortion clinic

Information obtained from newly-unredacted 911 phone calls

Thanks to a successful appeal of excessively redacted 911 records related to two medical emergencies at the Pro-Choice Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, Operation Rescue has now obtained recordings and documents that reveal much more than previously known about what happened to two women who experienced serious late-term abortion complications. The Pro-Choice … [Read more...]

Plans for new Catholic high school in San Jose diocese hit major roadblock

In 5-2 vote, government agency responsible for municipal boundaries won't approve annexation of land to Morgan Hill, dooming proposed school in Santa Clara County

A Catholic high school has been talked about in the Morgan Hill for nearly a decade, but the Diocese of San Jose has run into a series of setbacks getting its 40 acres of land—their preferred site of the future school—annexed into the city. The latest of these hurdles is the denial of an annexation proposal Dec. 5 by the county commission charged with authorizing city … [Read more...]

Cardinal Pell found guilty of sexually abusing altar boys

Pell has vigorously denied allegations he molested two altar boys during a swimming trip in the 1990s when he was bishop in Ballarat

Cardinal George Pell has been convicted by an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse of minors, according to media reports and CNA sources close to the cardinal. A judicial gag order has restricted Australian media coverage of the trial since June. Despite the gag order, a story published Dec. 11 on the Daily Beast website first reported that a unanimous verdict of … [Read more...]